patella

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noun pa·tel·la \pə-ˈte-lə\

Definition of patella

plural

patellae

play \pə-ˈte-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\ or

patellas

  1. :  a thick flat triangular movable bone that forms the anterior point of the knee and protects the front of the joint —called also kneecap

patellar

play \pə-ˈte-lər\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of patella

Latin, from diminutive of patina shallow dish


PATELLA Defined for Kids

patella

play
noun pa·tel·la \pə-ˈte-lə\

Definition of patella for Students

plural

patellae

\-ˈte-lē, -ˈte-ˌlī\ or

patellas

  1. :  kneecap


Medical Dictionary

patella

play
noun pa·tel·la \pə-ˈtel-ə\

Medical Definition of patella

plural

patellae

\-ˈtel-(ˌ)ē, -ˌī\play play or

patellas

  1. :  a thick flat triangular movable bone that forms the anterior point of the knee, protects the front of the joint, increases the leverage of the quadriceps, and is usually regarded as a sesamoid bone since it is developed in the tendon of the quadriceps and in structure is similar to other sesamoid bones—called also kneecap, kneepan

patellar

\-ər\play adjective

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